11 days in Iraq Itinerary

11 days in Iraq Itinerary

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11 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Erbil
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Kufa
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Baghdad
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: London

2
nights
Erbil

Erbil ©
The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE.
Popular historic sites such as Erbil Citadel and Mudhafaria Minarett are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sami Abdulrahman Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa, stop by Bazaar, and see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Erbil online attractions planner .

London, UK to Erbil is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Erbil. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in March: high temperatures in Erbil hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel

2
nights
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Hannana, then get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, and finally steep yourself in history at Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kufa road trip website .

You can fly from Erbil to Kufa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In March, Kufa is a bit warmer than Erbil - with highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Najaf
Highlights from your plan
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery
Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque

4
nights
Baghdad

Baghdad ©
It's quite possible that a Baghdad holiday isn't on your list of things to do, but despite the city's reputation for turmoil, it still has plenty to offer to a daring traveler.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Imam Hussain's Shrine and Babylon. Change things up with these side-trips from Baghdad: Karbala (Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, Al Abbas Holy Shrine, & more). Spend the 3rd (Wed) in some colorful company at Zawraa Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, don't miss a visit to Al-Shaheed Monument, and browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Baghdad online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kufa to Baghdad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Karbala, Babylon
Highlights from your plan
Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine

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